Supported employment services increases the opportunity for individuals who might require augmented levels of support, training, and advocacy to be employed in real jobs for competitive wages. Consumers needing these services are most often individuals with multiple disabilities who have never worked before or have not been in the workforce for many years.
A job coach works with each consumer and their VR Counselor to perform a broad range of functions including helping with job applications, seeking out appropriate transportation, and arranging the necessary accommodations in the worksite. The supported employment approach provides a means for assessing not only the strengths and support needs of the individual but also, the ability of the employer to make reasonable accommodations. A supported employment approach further leads to the development and implementation of strategies to overcome barriers before they become problems that could jeopardize employment stability. These services are provided through an array of community based agencies